The SRT Hellcat Redeye is an SRT Demon in Disguise
The 2019 Dodge Challenger brings with it some changes for the new model year. Some of this can be seen in the aesthetics, such as the new dual snorkel hood on the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Options and choices have spread out a bit, like the Widebody package, now able to be equipped by the Challenger R/T Scat Pack as well as the SRT Hellcat. The Widebody package gives either trim the look of the one-off 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Speaking of which, SRT Demon parts and features found their way into the SRT Hellcat and the R/T Scat Pack as well. The former spawned a whole new trim – the SRT Hellcat Redeye, a demon that might be here to stay.
As we said before, “The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the Demon We Deserve”. Made with SRT Demon parts and components, although the SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack share SRT Demon DNA, the performance really shines with the new Redeye. Able to generate 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque, the supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine is still under the hood, tied to an 8-speed automatic transmission, but this is no regular SRT Hellcat. This is the Challenger SRT Hellcat infused with select SRT Demon parts.
It all starts with the standard 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The supercharger that helps cram all that cool air into the engine combustion chamber has been increased from 2.4 liters to 2.7 liters, now pushing out 14.5 psi of boost – both of these match the previous SRT Demon stats. Even the rpm redline of 6500 rpm is matched in the Redeye, along with two dual-stage fuel pumps that will allow the Hellcat Redeye to drink up premium 93 octane gasoline. The new dual snorkel hood can’t hurt either, introducing more air into the supercharger.
Parts and Components
There’s a bit of a list of parts that made it from the SRT Demon to the SRT Hellcat Redeye. It starts with 41-spline half shafts and high-strength steel prop shafts that increase the torque capacity of the Challenger, by 20-percent and 15-percent, respectively. The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye also comes standard with a high stall torque converter that provides 18-percent more torque multiplication and 11-percent quicker stall speed. The final drive ratio is set at 2.62:1, but the SRT Demon final drive ratio of 3.09:1 is an available option.
As we mentioned in “Five Things You Should Know About the 2019 Dodge Challenger”, the R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, and SRT Hellcat Redeye come with launch control, launch assist, line lock, and SRT drive modes. The Redeye trim also comes with torque reserve, allowing for that incredible launch the SRT Demon was known for. For racing enthusiasts, the SRT Power Chiller and After-Run Chiller from the SRT Demon can also be found making up the inner workings of the SRT Hellcat Redeye.
Is it the SRT Demon?
Short answer – no. The one-time 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is still original in its own way – the 18-inch Demon wheels wrapped in 315/40 drag radials, weight-shifting suspension mode, and smaller, lighter 14.2-inch front brakes brakes for the track are all unique to the SRT Demon alone. However, if opting-in for the Widebody package, consumers can get even closer to the SRT Demon with flared fenders, 20-by-11-inch Devil’s Rim forged aluminum wheels, all-season performance tires, an upgraded suspension, a blacked-out rear lip spoiler, and a scalloped hood.
Pricing for the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye starts at $71,350 (plus destination fee). It’s significantly less than consumers had to pay for the limited run of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and the Redeye may show up for more than one generation. We’ll know for sure in 2020 when Dodge releases possibly the final generation of the Dodge Challenger.